Each dot represents one of the 7,500 clean energy livelihoods lost if Pickering Nuclear Generating Station closes as planned in 2025.

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New Report

SAVE PICKERING

HOW ONTARIO CAN SAVE ITS CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE BY REFURBISHING PICKERING NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION

May 2022

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Ontario faces an energy crossroad. Its world-class low-carbon grid is unprepared for the loss of 3.1 gigawatts of clean electric capacity from the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station. Yet OPG, the Crown Corporation that owns and operates the plant, has pursued a plan to close it in 2025.

 

Our report, Save Pickering, explains why the refurbishment of Pickering station B is of crucial importance to Ontario from an energy security, economic, and climate perspective.

The Province of Ontario must act now to secure the refurbishment of Pickering or else forfeit its climate leadership and strategic positioning as an economic and technological powerhouse for the world’s electrified, low-carbon future.

Key Takeaways

  • Ontario is a clean energy leader about to tarnish its record by decommissioning rather than refurbishing its valuable Pickering Nuclear Generating Station.

  • Decommissioning Pickering, rather than refurbishing it, forgoes 30 to 40 more years of safe, reliable, carbon-free power at a time when securing such power is more important than ever.

  • Plans to "electrify everything” will benefit Ontario only if the province secures ultra-reliable, affordable, abundant, and low-carbon electricity. Nuclear energy is the only scalable option that meets these criteria.

  • The refurbishment of Pickering provides a foundation for Ontario's further decarbonization efforts, offering a lower cost for each ton of carbon avoided than scenarios in which Pickering is closed.

  • Nuclear refurbishments provide an unsurpassed economic stimulus, sustaining thousands of high-paying jobs with a supply chain that is 96% within Canada.

  • Ontario’s nuclear sector provides a model for scalable, deep decarbonization and energy security, while serving as a center of expertise for high-value nuclear projects.